As children grow older they develop a sense of justice. At 4 years old, everything that they do not like or agree to 'is unfair'. However, from then on, they begin to realize that there are certain infractions that should be punished, that there are situations that should not occur ... This short story, entitled 'The dictatorship of the lion', is used to talk with children about injustices. Depending on the age of your children, you will be able to draw more or less elaborate conclusions. At the end of the story you will find some questions that will help you to reflect on the subject.
In the jungle, everyone used to go to drink and bathe in the river along the same path. It was a short and pleasant dirt road lined with trees where the animals sought shade and rested, both on the way and on the way back.
When the lion closed the path to the path that led to the river all felt bad.
- Why has the path to the river closed? Who does he think he is? - Said the snakes.
- Now we will have to go around the whole forest to go drink! - said the elephants.
- How am I going to get to the river with so much weight? - Asked a monkey with two little monkeys on her back.
- My leg is broken! I won't be able to get that far! I will die of thirst! - exclaimed the gazelle.
All the animals went to protest the lion.
- The trail will not be completely closed. Every day I will let three animals pass Not one more! - told them.
Given the resounding refusal of the lion, they held a meeting in the jungle, and despite the general malaise they reached an agreement: they would take turns daily to go through the path to the river and give priority to those most in need.
The next day he asked permission to pass the monkey.
- Tomorrow will be impossible! Some lions have already asked permission - said one of the two lions that was guarding the entrance to the path.
The next day two elephants wanted to enter.
- Impossible! The lionesses have already passed - he told them.
Another day it was the snakes that wanted to pass.
- Can not be! The lion is taking a bath and cannot be disturbed.
That day the hippo got up early so that no lion got ahead of him.
- Some relatives of the lion are coming. It will have to be another day. - The guardian lions told him.
One afternoon a family of tigers went on an excursion to the river, in total there were eight, and to the perplexity of all they allowed them to pass along the path because they were friends of the lion. They drank, bathed, sunbathed, ate, rested in the shade of the trees, and went out the same way when it got dark.
- How can you have such a tough face !? - Said the snakes.
- I can not believe it! - said the monkey.
"I was already afraid of it," said the giraffe, who had been silent until then.
- I'll go complain to the lion! - Said the gazelle very angry.
- I am the king of the jungle and I do and undo what I want! It's my last word! - The haughty dictator told them.
From that day on the path of the river remained closed to all animals, while the lions came and went as they pleased. That's what lions were for!
Reading this story with your children will be more productive if you take the opportunity to exercise one of the skills that children must acquire for the sake of their studies. To practice reading comprehension, here are some suggestions 'true or false' questions that you can ask your children about the story. In case you don't know how to answer any of them, you can reread the story as many times as you like.
1. The animals were very happy because at last the lion had closed the path to the path that led to the river. True or false?
2. The animals were very worried, because they could not go to drink water now. True or false?
3. The lion only allowed 3 animals each day to pass the path. True or false?
4. All the animals were satisfied with the lion's decision. True or false?
5. The lion was firm in his decision and no one, not even his friends or family, could go to the river without his permission. True or false?
6. The animals complained, and eventually the lion reopened the road. True or false?
Stories are a perfect tool for educate children in values. These stories present them with dilemmas that will make them learn about the different behaviors that one can have: what is right and what is wrong. The moral of the stories or fables will help them to know how they should act in case a similar situation arises in real life.
However, stories are also a very useful educational resource for make our children or students reflect. In fact, many of the children's stories that we read with them can also make us reflect. This particular story, 'The dictatorship of the lion', poses a situation that gives much to think about. To help you lead a conversation with children about the story, here are some questions.
- What do you think that the lion cut the path that the rest of the animals used?
- Should I have consulted them before?
- What would you have done if you were one of those animals affected by the roadblock?
- What do you think the lion should have done?
- How would you continue the story?
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